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My Five Favorite Photo Editing Apps

I have been getting asked a lot about how I get my pictures to look the way they do. By the way, THANK YOU! Seriously, that is such a great compliment!

This post is going to be dedicated to my favorite photo editing apps because many of my pictures are taken, processed and edited using my smartphone. I can write another post on taking pictures and another on editing (apparently I think I’m qualified) because I don’t want to be a rambler who rambles on and on. Ramble, ramble, ramble.

Recently I took up photography with an actual camera as a hobby (not qualified to help with that yet), but I’ve been using my phone for forever. I’ve been trying different apps for years, so let me save you some time and tell you what I think.

To be clear, these are just my opinions on apps I’ve tried out. Obviously I haven’t tried them all. If you have an app that you love, share it with me. I love trying out new things.

So you can see what each app is capable of, I’m starting with a raw picture that I took using my iPhone 6s and editing it using each app individually.


Original raw photo taken with iPhone 6s

Enough rambling!

#5 Aviary– My favorite thing about this app is all the adorable stickers and overlays. But, just so you know, most of those cost extra. This is a great app if you’re just getting started editing your pictures from your phone.
Cost- free with in-app purchases available (I have bought some and liked them)
Livi Stars- 2 out of 5
Where to get it- https://appsto.re/us/W-cCF.i


Processed using only Aviary

#4 Enlight– This app is a lot of fun to play with! I like that it gives plenty of tips as you go to help with it’s many options. This app is great if you’re going for a different, trendy sort of picture with lots of cool effects. You can use it to do all your basic editing, as well.
Cost- $3.99
Livi Stars- 3 out of 5
Where to get it- https://appsto.re/us/UsXB3.i


Processed using only Enlight

#3 Layout– this collage app was created by the Instagram team and is awesome, but it only makes the standard 1:1 Instagram square ratio. It is very easy to use and has some cool features like mirror image and adjusting the size of individual pictures.
Cost- FREE!!!
Livi Stars- 4 out of 5
Where to get it- https://appsto.re/us/X3jQ5.i


Processed using only Layout

#2 Snapseed– This app is owned by Google and I LOVE it. It allows so much precision when editing and I cannot think of a single time it’s froze or caused me trouble. I cannot give this app enough praise!
Cost- FREE!!!
Livi Stars- 5 out of 5
Where to get it- https://appsto.re/us/B0umA.i


Processed using only Snapseed

#1 VSCO– This app is my favorite for editing pictures on your phone! I LOVE the filters in VSCO. They are SO gorgeous!
Cost- free with in-app purchases available (I have bought some of the filter packages and am VERY happy with them)
Livi Stars- 5 out of 5
Where to get it- https://appsto.re/us/oegdJ.i


Processed using only VSCOcam with c9 preset

And those are my top five favorite photo editing apps at the moment.


Leave me a comment to let me know if you liked this type of blog post and if you found it helpful so I can either do more like it or…not. And don’t forget to tell me what YOUR favorite photo editing apps are!

Thanks for reading!

Love, Livi


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